LIVING WITH GULLS – TRADING OF FOOD AND PREDATION IN THESANDWICH TERN STERNA SANDVICENSIS

Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicensis) Science Article 3

abstract

The low-lying, sandy areas along the Dutch coast offer important breeding opportunitiesfor Sandwich Terns Sterna sandvicensis. Throughout the twentieth century SandwichTerns nested here in fluctuating numbers. The Dutch population suffered from a majorkill in the 1960s due to pesticide pollution causing the number of breeding pairs todrop from over 35,000 in the 1950s to 875 in 1965. After the spill of pesticides hadstopped the numbers slowly increased but after 40 years the population has not yet fullyrecovered

Stienen Eric W.M, Research Institute for Nature and Forest, Brussels, Belgium

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